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September 2013

Hadassah Making a difference
Pacific Northwest region newsletter
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Shana Tova U’Metuka.

May we all have a sweet year and

be inscribed in the Book of Life.





Dear Pacific Northwest Region Members,


This past July I attended Hadassah National Board meetings in Baltimore and I have to say that I have never been so impressed with the new programs that have been created and the changes and advancements being done at our National level.


Let me share a little with you……


Every Beat Counts is our new Heart Health program, developed because heart disease is the number one cause of death among women! This program educates women about decisions crucial to their longevity and quality of life. Our region has been provided with all the elements necessary for a great program and it will be one of our main focuses in the coming year. It will engage and empower women, promote wellness and develop coalitions within our communities.


CHOOSE Where To Make Your Impact is probably the best Hadassah wide program I have ever seen. Whether you are a Major Donor, a Centennial Founder (this level only available until July 2014), a Keeper of the Gate or a Chai Society (see the article below)you can choose where you want to direct your contribution!  There are 5 Impact areas:

           Medicine and Healthcare

           Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower

           Youth and Education

           U.S. Initiatives


Each one of these areas offers opportunities for you to direct your contribution to the cause that touches your heart…empowering women, Youth Aliyah, Young Judaea, medical research, rehab medicine and so much more.


We have Impact cards, brochures, pledge cards, invitations and thank yous so make sure when you make your contribution you Choose Your Impact!


In the next year our Hadassah.org website will start looking different and will be much easier to navigate. You will also be receiving Hadassah ‘comments’ on issues in the U.S. and Israel immediately after they happen.


And CONVENTION 2014 is in Las Vegas July 21-24. I am inviting everyone to join me for lots of fun and amazing sessions. My son lives in ‘Vegas so I guarantee a great time! Michelle Goldberg is our Convention Chair,michelle.goldberg@hadassah.org. Send Michelle your name if you’re planning to come – let’s be 50 members strong!


I only have one more issue after this E-news as your region president so call me or email me with what you want for Hadassah in the Pacific Northwest.


Chag Sameach,




PNW Region President






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See our collection of beautiful ecards for Rosh Hashanah 5774! For a minimum donation of $18, you can send an unlimited number of ecards to friends and family.






Please join us... Together we can make an impact!




" Have our eyes on a living present, and a future promise!"

Coming YOUR way soon… 


·      Imagine! Your Hadassah chapter partnering with a pediatric ward in your community to bring cheer into the lives of parents and their children who struggle with health issues.


·      Imagine! Your Hadassah chapter partnering with a women and children’s shelter to bring comfort and solace to those in need.


·      Imagine! Creating a career network event for young women just entering work in partnership with your own very skilled and experienced members.



YOU, our Hadassah members, share our values of:

Pikuah Nefesh (saving lives, one life at a time)

Tikkun Olam (repairing the world)

K’lal Yisrael (embracing all of the Jewish Community as one)

M’dor L’dor(passing on our values to future generations) 

YOU will have a unique opportunity to support, help, and improve your own local community.


Your Pacific Northwest Region leaders have been diligently working for two years with Jeff Wilcox, a widely acclaimed leader who works with non-profits (thirdsectorcompany.com), to help you create your own Social Action Agenda that is just right for your community. You can look forward to exciting ways to help your community and to partner with community organizations that align with Hadassah’s work and Hadassah’s values.


We are meeting on September 29th to translate these terrific ideas into direct actions -- actions that are doable, realistic, timely, and related to Hadassah’s extraordinary work. If you want to be part of the mobilization of the Social Action Agenda contact Peg Elefant at pelefant@hadassah.org.


By January 2014—and probably sooner (!)—you can expect ideas, actions, and support from the Pacific Northwest Region Council to make an impact in your community.


Stay tuned! Exciting opportunities are coming your way!


Peg Elefant

Incoming PNW Region President

Seattle Chapter President




Mazel tov to PNW Region for Achieving 99% of Goal as of July 31

The following Chapters are at 100%: Portland, Salem and Shalom.

These Chapters are at 99%: Corvallis, Eugene, and Seattle.

Spokane has achieved 98% while Anchorage and Bellingham are at the 97% point.

The big winner, however, is TACOMA who has surpassed their goal at 101%.

It would be great if all Chapters could reach the 100% or higher mark before December. One of the ways to boost your roster is to actively pursue Project Connect Locally, where you find Life Members living in your area that need to be transferred to your Chapter from their original unit roster. If you need a list of these members please contact me at hadassah@gelbfamily.com. I would love to hear from you!

Rosh Hashanah is quickly approaching - early Holidays mean they will also be over early and that gives us a good run. Let’s push just a little harder so we can all achieve our membership goals.

Wishing you all L'Shana Tova and G'mar Hatimah Tovah!

Talby Gelb

PNW Membership




$15 a month can change a life !

It can buy:

  •  a manicure or extend a helping hand to the most vulnerable
  •  a movie ticket or a preview of future medical miracles
  • a pizza delivery or food and shelter for children at risk. 

Your $15 a month can make an impact on medical care and research in Israel and around the world, on youth at home and in Israel, and American women and men who care passionately about Israel and the Jewish community.  

When you are a member of Chai Society, Hadassah can count on you, month after month, year after year. It is your commitment that makes the difference. 

We make it easy. We will automatically charge your monthly gift of $15 to your credit card, or you can double your impact with $30 a month gift at the Silver Chai level. If you prefer, you can make one annual payment of $180 or $360. These contributions enable you to help save a life, to be part of something big, something vital.

If you are already a Chai Society member, you will be offered the opportunity to automate your payments and choose where you want to make your impactMake the choice that touches your heart.

For more information about joining Chai Society or other annual giving opportunities, contact:

Michelle Goldberg michelle.goldberg@hadassah.org or

Diane Sigel diane.sigel@hadassah.org 

or go to www.hadassah.org/chaisociety





Join us for a Virtual Conversation with Jennifer Rosner, author of If a Tree Falls.

October 15, 2013 -  4:30 - 5:30pm Pacific Time

Jennifer Rosner will be discussing her book, where she explores family, silence, and what it means to be heard. When her daughters are born deaf, Rosner is stunned. Then she discovers a history of deafness in her family, going back generations to the Jewish enclaves of Eastern Europe.

Dr. Shulamit Reinharz, Founding Director of HBI, will be facilitating the conversation.

Stay tuned for details on registration and book purchase.




MyMitzvah Project: Bat/Bar Mitzvah

You will remember everything about the day you become bar/bat mitzvah: the pride you feel, the fun you have, and your new, deeper connection to the Jewish community. Your life will be touched. Guaranteed. Read more.


Every Beat Counts: Hadassah's Heart Health Program™ 

Educates women about risks, prevention and detection of heart disease, the #1 cause of death among women in the U.S. and worldwide. Cardiovascular disease kills more women than men in the U.S., and women present symptoms differently than men. Read more.


Students at Hadassah Medical Organization invented a robotic intubation - A robotic device that is placed into lungs and could help deliver vital air to patients .Read more.





We will be creating a "family album" for our Hadassah community. It is your opportunity to pay tribute or celebrate the life of a woman who has impacted you in a special way and motivated you to be a better person. It could be your mother, daughter, mentor, friend or other relative. 

So whether those inspirational people in your life are still here or gone, take this wonderful opportunity and pay tribute to them while you support Hadassah at the same time!

For tributes and registration:  http://seattle.hadassah.org/daughters

Registration deadline: 9/10/13  /  Tribute deadline: 9/8/13




Saturday November 9th @ 7pm

PNW Region Council and Seattle Board Installation

Great Jazz and Improv entertainment. Definitely a co-ed evening.





The Tacoma Chapter will be hosting National President of Hadassah, Marcie Natan, on September 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Babe Lehrer, 501 Stadium Way Tacoma. 

The Chapter is currently in planning mode in many areas of work. A second donation of handmade blankets will be given to the YWCA Shelter for Abused Women and their children.




Will be on Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 9:00am - 4:00pm at the Portland JCC.

Stay tuned for more information or contact Shoshanna Lansberg  srlansberg@ymail.com or Tamar Boussi tboussi@gmail.com or contact the Portland office (503) 244-6389.




Hadassah Greeting Cards


Hadassah's greeting cards are a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. When purchasing these beautiful cards remember that you are helping to support Hadassah's important work while purchasing something you always need! 

Cards are available in the following categories: 


Birthday, Get Well, Mazel Tov/Congratulations, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Thank You, Sympathy, Wedding & Anniversary, New Baby, Thinking of You/Well Wishes, and Holiday


Please contact your local Chapter to order cards, If you are not near a Chapter of Hadassah, please call the Regional Office at 425.467.9099 or email Einat at eganzarski@hadassah.org and we will be happy to mail the cards to you with a small charge for postage. CARDS ARE 4 FOR $10 OR $3 EACH.

Click here for all available greeting cards



Simcha & Memorial Tributes

Beautiful greeting cards and certificates are a wonderful way to mark a milestone, celebrate a special occasion, honor or pay tribute to the memory of a loved one, or simply serve as an expression of friendship. Let Hadassah mail beautiful tributes and certificates to remember special people and occasions! All proceeds support Hadassah programs and projects.

Please contact your local Chapter to order a Tribute card or certificate or order online at http://www.hadassah.org/site/c.keJNIWOvElH/b.6554699/k.31F8/Certificates_Tributes__eCards.htm by using the donate button on the upper right of the Hadassah website homepage. 

Take a look at our beautiful tribute cards & certificates here 

Note: Your Chapter may not have every card and certificate. It will, however, have something appropriate for any event.



Plant a tree in Israel


Planting trees in Israel is another way to honor your friends and remember loved ones. A one tree certificate is $18.00. You can now order a three tree certificate for $36.00.  Check online for other options, including five trees for $72.00 or a circle of 10 trees for $100.00. Click HERE for details.



Yahrzeit Candle - Remember Your Loved Ones 


Hadassah has made it possible to have Kaddish recited for your loved ones at the beautiful Fannie and Maxwell Abbell Synagogue located in the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center at Ein Kerem, Jerusalem.


The designated Yahrzeit date will be observed in perpetuity, and  the Kaddish prayer will echo within sanctified walls, beneath the magnificent stained glass windows by Marc Chagall.






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